Professor, Univ of Oxford

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Academy of Management Annals, Associate Editor 

Strategic Organization, 
Co-Editor [2012-2016]

Academy of Management Review, Editorial Board 

Academy of Management Perspectives, E
ditorial Board [2016-present]

Journal of Management, 
 Editorial Board 


Marriott School, BYU
Goizueta Business School,      Emory University 

2013-2016 OXFORD TALKS

  Howard Aldrich, UNC  
  Lawrence Freedman, KCL
  Brian Uzzi, Northwestern
  Paul Adler, USC
  Julian Birkinshaw, LBS
  Brian Silverman, Toronto
  Matt Kraatz, U of Illinois
  Willie Ocasio, Northwestern
  Vibha Gaba, INSEAD
  Todd Zenger, U of Utah
  Michael Cusumano, MIT
  Robert Burgelman, Stanford
  Mauro Guillen, Wharton
  Jeff Reuer, U of Colorado
  Gary Dushnitsky, LBS
  Bill Starbuck, Oregon
  Ezra Zuckerman, MIT
  Diane Burton, Cornell
  Russ Coff, U of Wisconsin
  Kim Elsbach, UC Davis
  Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Oregon
  Mark de Rond, Cambridge
  Royston Greenwood, U of Alberta
  Nicolai Foss, CBS
  David Seidl, U of Zurich
  Erkko Autio, Imperial College
  Gianpiero Petriglieri, INSEAD
  Matthew Bothner, ESMT
  Felipe Csaszar, U of Michigan

  Andrea Prencipe, LUISS

  Arne Kalleberg, UNC 


Felin, T., Koenderink, J., & Krueger, J. (2017). Rationality, perception, and the all-seeing eye. Psych Bulletin & Review.

open access [html] [pdf]

Stirling, W. & Felin, T. (2016). Satisficing, preferences and social interaction: A new perspective. 
Theory & Decision. [html]

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2016). Strategy, problems and a theory 
for the firm. Organization Science.

Felin, T., Kauffman, S., Mastrogiorgio, A. & Mastrogiorgio, M. (2016). Factor markets, actors and affordances. Industrial & Corporate Change. [html]

Felin, T. & Powell, T. (2016). Designing organizations for dynamic capabilities. California Management Review. [html]

Felin, T. (2016). When strategy walks out the door. MIT Sloan Management Review. [html]

Devins, C., Koppl, R., Kauffman, S. & Felin, T. (2016). Still against design: A response to Steven Calabresi, Sanford Levinson and Vernon Smith. Arizona State Law Journal. [pdf]

Felin, T., Foss, N. & Ployhart, R. (2015). Microfoundations movement in strategy and organization theory. Academy of Management Annals.

Koppl, R., Kauffman, S., Felin, T. & Longo, G. (2015a). Economics for a creative world. Journal of Institutional Economics.

This paper received the 2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize [html]

Devins, C., Koppl, R., Kauffman, S. & Felin, T. (2015). Against design. 
Arizona State Law Journal[html]

responses to this piece by Steven Calabresi [pdf],
Sanford Levinson [pdf], and Vernon Smith [pdf

Felin, T., Kauffman, S., Koppl, R. & Longo, G. (2014). Economic opportunity and evolution: Beyond landscapes and bounded rationality. Strategic 
Entrepreneurship Journal. [html

Mark Buchanan discusses this paper in Nature Physicssee here

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2014). Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice. Research 
Policy. [open access] [pdf]

Barney, J. & Felin, T. (2013). What are microfoundations? Academy of Management Perspectives. [pdf] [scribd]

Argyres, N., Felin, T., Foss, N. & Zenger, T. (2012). Organizational economics of capability and heterogeneity. Organization Science. [html] [scribd]

Felin, T. (2012). Cosmologies of capability, markets and wisdom of crowds. Managerial & Decision Economics. [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N. (2012). The (proper) microfoundations of routines and capabilities: a response to Winter, Pentland, Hodgson and Knudsen. 
Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf]

Stirling, W., Giraud-Carrier, C. & Felin, T. (2012). A framework for the design and synthesis of coordinated social systems. Social Informatics.

Zenger, T., Felin, T. & Bigelow, L. (2011). 
Theories of the firm-market boundary. Academy of Management Annals. [html] [pdf]

Felin, T. & Foss, N. (2011).  The endogenous origins of experience, routines and organizational capabilities: the poverty of stimulus. Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009). Performativity of theory, arbitrary conventions, and possible worlds: a reality check. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2009). Entrepreneurs as theorists: on the origins of collective beliefs and novel strategies. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. [pdf] [html

Felin, T. & Hesterly, W.S. (2007). The knowledge-based view, nested heterogeneity, and new value creation: philosophical considerations on the locus of knowledge. Academy of Management Review. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2006). Individuals and organizations: thoughts on a microfoundations project for strategic management and organizational analysis. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2005). Strategic organization: a field in search of micro-foundations. Strategic Organization. [pdf]


forthcoming 2017 special issue: "organizing crowds and innovation" - co-edited with Karim Lakhani (Harvard) and Michael Tushman (Harvard) [html]

issue includes essays by Yochai Benkler (Harvard), Woody Powell (Stanford) and Todd Zenger (Utah)

Sept 19, 2015: 90 mile Oxford to Cambridge bike ride, British Heart Foundation [donate here]


come join our DPhil (PhD) program here in Oxford next year [pdf brochure]


Felin, T. (2015). A forum on minds and institutions. Journal of Institutional Economics. [html] 

Intro to forum with papers by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie and Giovanni Dosi & Luigi Marengo

Felin, T. (2015). Valve Corporation: Strategy tipping points and thresholds. Journal of Organization Design. [html]  

Commentary on article by Phanish Puranam and Dorthe Håkonsson.[html]

Koppl, R., Kauffman, S., Felin, T. & Longo, G. (2015b). Economics for a creative world: A response to comments. Journal of Institutional Economics.

Stirling, W. & Felin, T. (2013). Game theory, conditional preferences and social influence. PLoS ONE. [html]


Felin, T. & Knudsen, T. (2012). A theory of nascent entrepreneurship and organization. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html

Felin, T., Foss, N., Heimeriks, K. & Madsen, T. (2012). Microfoundations of routines and capabilities: individuals, processes and structures. Journal of Management Studies.

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2011). Information aggregation, matching, and radical market-hierarchy hybrids. Strategic Organization.
[pdf] [html]

King, B., Felin, T. & Whetten, D (2010). Finding the organization
 in organization theory: a meta-theory of the organization as social actor. Organization Science. [pdf] [html

Abell, P., Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2010). Causal and constitutive relations and the squaring of coleman's diagram: reply to Vromen. Erkenntnis. [html] [pdf]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009).  Social reality, the boundaries of self-fulfilling prophecy, and economics. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

Response by Ferraro, Pfeffer & Sutton. How and why theories matter: a comment on Felin and Foss [see here]; editor introduction [see here]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009). Organizational routines and capabilities: Historical drift and a course-correction toward microfoundations. Scandinavian Journal of Management. [html]

King, B., Felin, T. & Whetten, D. (2009). Comparative organizational analysis. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. [pdf]

Review of volume by Peter Foreman in Administrative Science Quarterly (2010)

Felin, T. & Spender, J.C. (2009). An exchange of ideas about knowledge governance: seeking first principles and microfoundations. In Knowledge Governance, edited by Foss et al. Oxford University Press.

Whetten, D., Felin, T. & King, B (2009). Theory-borrowing in organizational studies. Journal of Management. [pdf] [scribd]

Felin, T., Zenger, T. & Tomsik, J. (2009). The knowledge economy: emerging organizational forms, missing microfoundations and key considerations for managing human capital. Human Resource Management.

Abell, P., Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2008). Building microfoundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html]